a film by Alexander Shuryepov


UCSB's Humanities and Fine Arts department published a story about the film, featuring a Q&A with the writer-director and producer.

UCSB Humanities Article

Mother of Chernobyl is an Official Selection at the Russian International Horror Film Festival!

Russian Festival News

Red Carpet Interview @ SBIFF

An interview with the director and producer on the red carpet at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

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Mother of Chernobyl is a Russian-language student short film produced at UCSB in the Spring of 2019. The film takes place in 1987 Ukraine, a year after the Chernobyl disaster. It follows the story of a woman named Masha, who stayed behind in the radiation zone with her newborn baby. After deciding to trek back to Kiev to reunite with her family, she ventures into the forest and believes a soldier is chasing her to take away her child. Masha must fight for herself and her family to do the only thing anyone could after Chernobyl: survive amidst unimaginable tragedy.

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